China May Top US in Carbon Emissions in 2007
23 March 2007
China’s emissions rose by some 10% in 2005, he estimated, while Beijing data shows fuel consumption rose more than 9% in 2006, suggesting China would easily outstrip the US this year, long before forecasts.
On a per capita basis, however, the US will likely retain the lead for some time. UN data for 2003 put the US on top at 20 tonnes per capita against China’s 3.2 tonnes and a world average of 3.7.
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